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Wednesday, 07 October 2015
Almost 200 Junior Boys at Bolton School listened attentively to the Reverend Roger Petch, who encouraged them to think about other children around the world that grow food in order to have enough to eat; those who grow food so that they can sell and make money for their families; and others who grow food because they care about what their food tastes like and want to control what goes into their food. The Reverend, who is Focus Minister for St Thomas and St Paul Halliwell and part of the West Bolton Churches Team, offered his thought provoking words as part of the boys’ Harvest Festival and he encouraged the audience to appreciate all that they have and to think themselves lucky that they live in a country where, by and large, the harvest is rich and predictable, whereas in other parts of the world this is not the case and it is in these countries that Christian Aid does much good work. His address was bookmarked by some wonderful singing from the boys, particularly the Y4 choir's rendition of Thank You for Almost Everything and the Y5/6 choir singing All Things Bright and Beautiful.
The boys’ stage was filled with tins, fruit and packets of food, which were going to be donated to Winter Watch, which provides the homeless people of our area with food throughout the Winter months. Reverend Petch told how Winter Watch provides help to those that have fallen on hard times, offering meals and a safe place for people to come and have a chat and to seek help and advice.
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